The Alrik The Handfilled

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Distillery Exclusive
1st fill European Oak Sherry Quarter Cask
Number of bottles
56.5 % Vol.
500 ml
Bottle code
Added on
28 May 2020 10:13 pm by niskat
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 99.00

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30 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for The Alrik The Handfilled

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.04 points

  1. captain_k scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Smoked mackerel pickled in oil. Curious. One dram is enough.

  2. peatjens scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    I stumbled upon this whisky at just the right moment. In a short time I manage to get two bottles of this issue - 3, 2, 1, mine. For this I have to shell out € 115 and € 150.
    For me an absolutely new discovery comparable to my first Säntis Dreifaltigkeit.
    • Nose
      At first it smells like a lot of work to find your way around. But it's a lot of fun, this journey of discovery.
      The first cloud of alcohol is quickly penetrated and it reminds me slightly of freshly cut sourdough bread, which then turns into the specific wood smoke.
      Smoked bacon, furniture polish, and maybe iodine. At one point I think I smelled a resemblance to the smell of a new rubber mat in a car.
      Dark fruits and burnt rum raisins. A breeze of juniper or a whole herb garden if you imagine it. Something resinous appears. Try it and collect your own impressions.
    • Taste
      Sweet, alcoholic sharpness, throat-filling
      Herbal spice with a few chocolaty hints. Fruity and caramel notes.
    • Finish
      Intense and short - bitter, cold smoke. Something gets stuck in the throat that I don't like so much. Tip: just start all over again.

      Conclusion: the bottle flashed me like the first time Säntis Dreifaltigkeit. The material polarizes and will find lovers and despisers. Very few whiskys have this intensity. The girls and boys from the hammer mill found a fan in me.

  3. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Compared to the sister barrel, this Alrik looks a little less round, full-bodied and perfect. It has more nut and spicy notes and less fruit and a little less sweetness.
    It is complaining at an extremely high level, however. Because the sister barrel is an absolute godsend, a "Lucky Cask".
    See https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/156292/the-alrik-the-handfilled
    • Nose
      91 91
      The subtle Alrik smoke mixes with heavy sherry flavors such as dates, ripe figs, leather, malt and liquorice. In addition, there are spicy aromas, heather and an interesting nuttiness / chestnut in the smoke. The distillery character is still reflected and is not overlaid by the diverse flavors.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The alcohol is very well integrated, but more noticeable than in the sister barrel, and the aroma load is lower in this comparison. Alrik wood smoke, forest honey, dry dark fruit notes, herbal spices.
    • Finish
      90 90
      First medium length, after a few decorations long, wood smoke, spice, Bavarian malt, forest honey, pipe tobacco melt together.

  4. 3_243F6 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I really enjoy the nose on this - well-balanced between oloroso, wood, and wood-smoke. The wood-smoke is rather different from peat, and still a good note. Unfortunately, it falls out of balance in the finish, with dark red fruits coming out on top, along with spice.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. Gogopro52 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Almost as good as the "first" handfilled (this year).

    The flavors are maybe a little more spicy, as I was used to from other PXs.


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